Found floating down The Pearl River in a hatbox, and raised by a tribe of international fashionistas, Verushka Darling originally burst onto the Sydney scene as a fashion model de rigueur on the city’s catwalks. A blaze of multi media attention followed, as she was profiled, revealed and reported on in the magazines, newspapers and television programs of the Nation.
Not just a pretty face, Verushka is known for her wit, infectious laughter, intelligence and level of sophistication which, when combined with her theatrical training, off the wall sense of humour, extensive pop-cultural knowledge and camp sensibility, have enabled her to take the stage by storm. The production shows that she has created, have quite literally, changed the face of drag in Sydney
In a groundbreaking move, Verushka became a VJ on MTV. Her show, “Verushka’s Closet” – which she hosted, scripted and associate produced – remained a popular and high-rating fixture on MTV for several years. Not only did she work on her own series, but Verushka also scripted, associate produced and starred in a variety of TV specials for MTV. Her other work for the network included: being a promo-producer for both MTV and VH1; the company copy-writer for MTV Australia; the scriptwriter for shows featuring visiting celebrities, and the scriptwriter for the 2006 & 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards. She has also made appearances and played roles in numerous other TV dramas, series and shows as well as the occasional feature film.
Verushka Darling has produced and performed at some of Sydney’s most legendary club nights and dance parties, changing the way we do both, in the process. Her “Sunday Night At Home” was acclaimed “The Best Club Night In The World” at the time by an international clubbing magazine; and the popularity of her “Hey Homo” and “Queer Nation” parties were at one stage blamed by board members of the former SGLMG for the decline in sales of Mardi Gras tickets.
She has received multiple DIVA Awards, several categories of which had to be created to acknowledge the new areas of performance and fields of endeavour that she has opened-up.
An Emcee extraordinaire, Verushka Darling has hosted and performed at many an event, from community to corporate – both at home and around the world – and can quite literally talk underwater, as her hosting of a TV show from inside the shark tank of the Manly Oceanarium can attest.
Performing on stage, screen and everything in between, Verushka has entertained and worked with, for and alongside everyone from: royalty, nobility, statesmen, politicians, celebrities, rappers, rock stars, movie stars, captains of industry, clubbers and people on the street. She has also opened doors into the world of media, pop-culture and the mainstream through which others are now following. You can catch Verushka at Stonewall on Fridays in her cult-hit show “Let’s Talk About Sex”.
Often referred to as “Mooty” or “Moot”, Marilyn Mootrub was born in the alley way behind Stonewall Hotel.
Marilyn first hit the Sydney scene in 2009 with the help of her partner in crime, Christina Dior. After countless months donning her famous ‘Blonde Bob’, she eventually discovered that it was ok to have different hairstyles.
Her infectious and kooky personality have won the hearts of many, having performed in clubs and major events throughout NSW and NT. Marilyn is a queen of many talents and can be seen as our regular DJ on a Tuesday at Karaoke. Marilyn has been a regular performer at Stonewall from Pollies Follies to starring in the Friday Productions with the Shimtastic cast. Marilyn Mootrub also works for Maxi Shields Meals on Heels and is our favourite waitress serving delicious Dick’s every Tuesday and Wednesday. Marilyn is the hostess with the Mostest every Saturday Night.
Hosted by Polly Petrie “Pollys Follies” began in 1991 at the world famous Albury Hotel. After the Alburys closure Pollys Follies moved to The Venus Room in Kings Cross & made it’s way back to Oxford Street at The Exchange Hotel & since 2004 has been held every Sunday at The Stonewall
Pollys Follies is an institution in our community. It is the platform for up & coming new performers to show their talent or lack thereof. Polly provides encouragement, guidance & criticism during each performance whilst drinking from a champagne glass poured from her kettle. Always enjoying the amazing company of a leading entertainer every week.
Pollys is all about a good time, a fun time & of course, A GAY TIME.
Minnie was abandoned as a baby and left in the doorway of Arq Nightclub. Thankfully, she was adopted and raised by drag queens who taught her everything about miming, glitter lipstick, platform heels and everything in between.
She is now the queen of Sydney’s premium club Arq, producing award-winning shows and driving Sydney’s partygoers wild with excitement. She has produced and choreographed many large-scale spectacles at events such as Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball, and has worked with stars including Jimmy Barnes, Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, David Atkins, Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore and Australia’s most famous drag performer, Carlotta.
She has won more DIVA awards than just about anyone, including Entertainer of the Year 3 times, Sydney’s Favorite Drag Queen and Choreographer of the Year just to name a few. She is still working on winning Venue of the Year.
Minnie’s regular performances can be seen at Arq , The Midnight Shift and Stonewall Hotel.
Charisma Belle is a beautiful, multi-DIVA Award winning, Sydney based, Drag Queen. Charisma is a highly-talented dancer, performer, make-up artist and wig stylist, with over twelve years professional drag experience.
The winner of many DIVA awards, with her favourites being Miss Congeniality in 2010 and 2013, her 4 Sydney Favourite Drag Personality awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Charisma was crowned the DIVA Entertainer of the Year in the 2014 awards a well deserved and rewarding award in her career.
This Superstar has performed internationally for Richard Branson as part of the inaugural V Australia flight from Sydney to L.A. and has mingled with the likes of Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz, Marcia Hines, Holly Valance, Jesse Spencer and Anthony Lapaglia.
Charisma has performed countless times in front of thousands on the Mardi Gras main stage along side celebrities such as Adam Lambert and Tina Arena. Not just a star of stage, Charisma is a regular on radio, and has also been featured in print. A cover girl for Central magazine and a feature article in the Daily Telegraph just to name a few and more recently, you may have seen her as a weather girl on channel 7’s Sunrise.
Charisma is excited to be apart of the world famous Stonewall family, and can be seen hosting and performing at the venue regularly. She says next time your at Stonewall ‘ don’t be shy, come over and say hi
Arriving in Sydney in 2006, Natasha began pursuit of following her passion for Performance Excellence. She had then been taken under the wing of Sydney’s Grand Dame of Drag, Miss Polly Petrie and placed on stage at Stonewall Hotel in Pollies Follies on Sundays. With her continuous dedication and on going commitment to the art of Drag, Natasha performed at Pollies Follies for over 2 years before Stonewall themselves offered Natasha her very first platform to the claim to fame. Stonewall granted Natasha with an opportunity to produce her own shows that would then be seen on Friday night at the club, before gaining further employment throughout various venues along Oxford Street.
In 2007, Natasha had been employed in almost every venue, every Friday and Saturday night of every week. This continued throughout majority of 2007 which also included such main events as Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sleazeball, Homesexual Dance Party, Sydney’s Prestigious DIVA Awards and New Year’s Eve countdown (depending on the venue). In light of a booming career, Natasha worked alongside some of Sydney most innovative and legendary drag performers including Minnie Cooper, Charisma Belle, Ashley Swift, Vanity Faire, Tess Tickle, Tora Hymen, Candy Box and the late Beyonce G-Spot (Sascha Fierce) just to name a few.
After gaining succession within 2007, 2008 saw Natasha crowned Miss Fair Day within the Mardi Gras Season further gaining the Prestigious title – DIVA RISING STAR at the DIVA AWARDS that same year. Needless to say the Knowles Express train did not slow down throughout 2009-2012 as she moved onto becoming a well recognised name, a Show Producer and a skilled performer. Natasha currently can be seen at various venues as well as at DIVA FEVER Dance Parties, The Mediterranean Restaurant on Oxford Street, The Midnight Shift, ARQ Sydney and of course her home, Stonewall Hotel.
Decoda Secret has been dubbed “The Fiercest Drag Queen In Sydney” and has performed throughout NSW, NT and QLD, as well as an International appearance in Bali. She has performed alongside artists including Mary Kiani, Deni Hines, Paulini, Toby Allan, Tina Arena, Cindi Lauper and Ru Paul.
She holds multiple DIVA Award Nominations with 7 wins, including “Entertainer of the Year” in 2010, 2011 and 2013
A choreographer for many Stonewall Shows Decoda is an asset to the Drag Industry.
Karen Kardashian is a rising star in the drag scene. In just 3 years of starting drag she has been offered many opportunities to perform at many elite venues!
Taken under the wings of DIVA award winners Minnie Cooper and Charisma Belle, and the talented Pandora Box and Ricki Renee she has been guided and lead into some brilliant shows!
Working around Oxford street, including being a feature queen at The Taxi Club she has been flown to perform a Priscilla styled performance in Alice Springs, on the desert floor alongside Pandora Box and Farren Heit. She was given her big breaks working under and alongside Minnie Cooper at the Imperial Hotel and in the prestigious Thursday night Arq Cast.
Karen is a talented performer with a ‘camp’ attitude. With several DIVA nominations and awards for production shows she has starred in including Favourite Show at DIVA 2013. At this present time she is thrilled to be working at Stonewall Hotel every Saturday alongside some of Sydney’s finest talent.
Karen’s fans showed their love for her and she took home the title of Sydney’s Favourite Queen at the 2014 DIVA Awards.
A dash of skin, a pinch of talent, and a lot of in your face! These are the main ingredients you’ll find when coming across Little X. Professionally trained as a Dancer, Singer, Actor & Acrobat there is no doubt that Little X never fails to shock and/or amaze the audience. Native to Australia, Little X was actually created in Osaka, Japan & spent over a year performing at venues all over the city including Explosion, Sazae, Fan-J Twice, Bar Onzieme & Flamingos.
On her return back to Australia Little X started to create a name for herself on street corners all over Brisbane, becoming a member of the fierce dance drag group known as The Velvet Dolls. With Residencies at Brisbane’s Wickham and Fluffy for over a year before deciding to make the big trek down to Sydney to be become a full time stripper, I mean showgirl.
After a few stellar Blow-Out Performances in the cubicles of ARQ & The Midnight Shift Little X first started to really make a name for herself when she entered and won ‘The Search For The New Imperial Hotel Show Cast Competition’. This along with her trained dancing (giving her a reputation to be very good at filling in for Queens when they were away) led to her joining the Showcasts of Poptarts, Hairspray & Burlesque at The Imperial Hotel & Dirty Disco at ARQ.
In 2011 Little X was honoured with winning the prestigious ‘DIVA Rising Star’ Award at Sydney’s Annual DIVA Awards. Since Achieving this Success Little X has gone on to perform in shows at Sydney Mardi Gras, Sleazeball, Unity, Glitter Ball, Daywash , I Remember House, Homesexual, The Imperial Hotel, The Midnight Shift, Stonewall Hotel, The Taxi Club & ARQ just to name a few. Little X has also since been blessed to have been giving the opportunity to perform with many showgirls in many production shows such as Vixens, Good Queens Gone Bad, U.S.ARQ, & Purrrrfection at ARQ & How J.Lo Can You Go? & Experimental at Stonewall.
Little X has recently Produced and Choreographed her own shows at ARQ called MANUF#CKTURED, SINORGY and Mythologica. Apart from in the line at Centerlink you can also catch Little X at various events and dance parties all over Sydney & Australia. Little X would like to Thank all her friends, family, fans for all their constant support & all her sister queens for being dogs! That I love to death. Peace Out!!! xx~LX~xx
In 2010, a very impressionable young man stumbled across the amazing world of DRAG! After 5 mins of performing, Hannah was hooked and found an undying love of this fascinating art form. From being a stand out in the Perth drag circuit hosting and performing regularly, Hannah decided to make a huge move to the big smoke of Sydney in June 2015 where she is already taking the scene by storm. Hannah has been able to find a way to turn a hobby into what she hopes is a long career. She likes to think of herself as a fearless, creative, dedicated and hardworking performer who is always aiming to give her audiences her all, while still leaving them wanting more. She can’t wait to add a little bit of glitter into the heart of everyone she meets!!
She’s one, twice, three times a lady- even on heavy days! Maxi Shield is Sydney’s drag de jour. Perched above that perfectly styled synthetic hair that frames her face, Shield wears a myriad of hats: performer extraordinaire, pole dancing compare, anti-violence safety ambassador and rugby union mascot, to name but a few. Largely, however, Shield is known as the good girl of drag. Enormously respected by the gay and lesbian community at large for her generous spirit and sense of community, Shield isn’t afraid to run a ladder in her stocking or chip an acrylic nail to help out when her community calls on her boundless talents to raise cold hard cash for charity.
Flying in the face of the seven foot tall drag stereotype, this pocket rocket of a performer knows a high kick from a shimmy and gives
She has closed a straight Olympics and opened a gay one.
She has performed at Mardi Gras, Sleaze and pretty much anything worth its weight in glitter in between. Whether its on the Aussie shores or International shores, Maxi has been wowing them for over a decade, with a personality as big as her chest, you will know when Maxi is in the room. Sharing the stage with local and international celebrities…..but no one likes a bragger…
This lady is top shelf talent. Pour yourselves a double shot!!
“Inspirational, Glamorous, Slut, Deliciously Sexy, Professional, Slag and a real Bitch!” (This is how she has been described)
Candy has graced the Sydney Drag World for the last 15 years. She has worked on every Sydney stage from her coming out party at Annie’s Bar to the Albury Hotel, Midnight Shift, Arq, Home Nightclub, NewtownHotel, Imperial, Flinders, Stonewall, Scruffy Murphy’s and Penrith Panthers.
Winning “Bitch of the Year” at the 2004 Diva Awards put her in good company with Sydney’s Best Drag Compere’s. Candy has gone on to win multiple DIVA awards and has hosted the 2004 and 2008 and 2009 and 2012 Diva Awards and performed in the 2002, 2005 and 2007 Awards. Candy has also performed at Sydney’s famous Mardi gras and Sleaze ball parties.
A brief history of Candy includes.
*Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.
* Mardi Gras performances
*Sleaze Ball Shows
*Diva Awards Ceremonies
*Zurich in 2005
*Host DNA Search for an Underwear Model.
* Navigaytion Cruise
*Host FairDay Sydney 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011
*Host Mr gay Australia 2000
*Host Priape Underwear Contest
*Shipwrecked Linderman Island
* Search for an International Underwear model 2011.
* Foxtel presenter for Mardi gras broadcast 2011
Candy has shared the stage with Deborah Cox, Katie Underwood, Jimmy Barnes and Grace Jones.
Candy has also worked in the Corporate world with shows performing for Big Day Out, TV Week Logies after party, Small Business awards.
Candy has done 3 British Documentaries on Sydney Lifestyle.
Candy also performed for 2 years in the Stage Show “Light’s Camera’s Chaos at Fox studios Sydney. The show was written by Baz Luhrman and directed by Barrie Koski and designed by Catherine Martin. Candy played the part of the very feisty Diva Carmen Cockatoo.
Candy can currently be seen with Maxi Shield as the hosts of the DVD “Campest Clips ever” with Central Station records available all around the world.
Penny was created almost overnight after successful radio spots on Sydney’s 96.9 FREE FM. Penny first appeared as host of The Midnight Shift’s New Years Eve 1996 the start of a long relationship that Penny is incredibly proud of, that continues today.
Over the years of test broadcasts, Penny has developed a strong following in both the gay and wider communities. By the time the station had wrapped up Penny was working solidly throughout Sydney and beyond.
Apart from the regular miming and dancing Penny has taken drag further, hosting Trivia nights, her DIVA award winning Tranny Bingo, Speed Dating, Fashion Parades, Internet Broadcasts, Television spots for Foxtel, spectacular New Years Eve events in Mumbai 2003, Radio Spots on 2DAY FM, MMM, Nova and much more.
Keren St James
Loving every minute in show business, I have worked with music royalty from Chaka Khan and Thelma Houston to Kylie & Danii Minogue, all of whom have visited Stonewall Hotel whenever they are in town.
In 1998, Malebox was born at Stonewall Hotel and I have been there since its humble beginnings to the popular and successful night it is today. I assisted with the early Karaoke years along side Chelsea Buns as well done the odd bar and gaming shift. As a showgirl, I have performed all over
the Sydney scene including Stonewall as well as many Mardi Gras and Sleaze parties, 2002 Gay Games , Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony and other dance party shows with the highlight of leading the opening show for Mardi Gras’ 20th anniversary in 1998. This former DIVA poster girl and award winner is honoured to be part of the showgirl scene, and also a part of the Stonewall Family.
Tora first burst onto the Sydney scene in 2005, being crowned Fair Days Most Fabulous and since then has been a regular performer in clubs and pubs across Sydney. Since then she has worked with some of the biggest names in the Drag industry, including Chelsea Bun, Penny Tration, Maxi Shield, Verushka Darling & Minnie Cooper. She has performed in front of thousands of people in Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball stage productions, including 2008 where she perfumed with American recording star and American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. She has also shared the stage with American superstar Katy Perry twice, in 2009 at the Enmore Theatre and in 2011 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
The winner of multiple DIVA Awards and a star of many DIVA shows, in 2008 and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was voted DIVA Bitch of the year for her compere skills and in 2008 and 2009 DIVA Sydney’s Favourite Drag Personality. She hosted the DIVA Awards in 2010.
Tora has performed in most capital cities in Australia and her drag has taken her as far as Hong Kong twice! A versatile performer, she has worked on stage, radio, print, film & television having had a cameo appearance on Channel Nine’s Underbelly – The Golden Mile. Her career highlight was hosting the 2011 FOXTEL Mardi Gras coverage on ARENA. She can currently be seen performing at Sydney’s iconic Stonewall Hotel and various other pubs and clubs across Sydney. Tora thanks Minnie Cooper for her professionalism and ethics, Chelsea Bun for her wisdom and Penny Tration for her constant support, friendship, opportunities and experiences. She thanks all her Drag sisters for many fun times and great memories. On a personal note, she has slept around, but nowhere near as much as she would have liked too.
Quoted by Tora Hymen a “a real-life cartoon”, Summer Salt literally burst (her corset) onto the scene at the end of 2006. A vivacious vixen, she began her career working with Mitzi Macintosh at the legendary Imperial Hotel in drag renditions of The Wizard of Oz, The Rocky Horror Show and The Sound of Music.
As she gained popularity Summer took on the challenge of developing an art-house drag show with the grandmother of drag, Miss Cindy Pastel, based on the life of Joan Crawford and the movie Mommie Dearest. They shocked audiences with confronting, avant-garde scenes that quickly became one of the most controversial shows on the strip.
Since then, Summer has moved onto working for nightclubs and corporate events performing spot numbers, production shows and hosting trivia nights from one end of Sydney to the other. She has even tried her hand at selling camp homewares!
Summer has appeared on Channel 7 and performed in front of thousands at the 2008 Mardi Gras Spectacular, the Drag Industry Variety Awards, and she was also a fabulous host at numerous Mardi Gras Fair Day events. She can be seen splayed across the pages of trashy New Idea magazine in a blue weave pashing Russell Brand and even dancing on stage with Katy Perry! She is dedicated to charity work and raising awareness in the broader community.
Other ventures involve the creation of the Glamazons: a group comprised of Summer, Millie Poppins and their super-spunk boy dancer Ripley Waters. Summer produced 8 full production shows over 3 years with the Glamazons, making crowds laugh with camp shows across the country. Summer was also the youngest star and co-host of Carlotta’s famous Priscilla Show which toured Australia following the phenomenal success of the original Les Girls.
More recently Summer has taken the lead in a Kylie Minogue retrospective show, bringing the Imperial Hotel back to life after major renovations and of course, working with the gorgeous Marie Claire and the shapely Carmen Geddit to form the newest and hottest trio of unreal girls on the strip, Accidentally Fabulous!
Summer received the DIVA Award for Sydney’s Favourite Show at the 2014 DIVA Awards.
Nikita VanDerKamp A true rags to sparkle story, Nikita has spent the last 7 years working hard to make her dream of being a performer a reality.
Originally hailing from New Zealand, Nikita started out working up and down the drag scene with a multitude of fun and influential personalities including Tess Tickle. By the time she crossed the ditch she had conquered the drag scene in New Zealand, and had been crowned Miss Drag Wellington in 2010.
In 2012 she entered the first season of the popular “Tora’s Drag Race” where she was given large scale exposure impersonating Australian icon Courtney Act. This is what ultimately led to her performing in and co-producing several successful shows around Sydney, including the 2014 DIVA award winning “Cirque du so Gay”.
Nikita’s impressive resume includes appearances at the Opera House alongside international acts such as Julian Clary, music videos for independent artists like Ali Barter, and a feature performance for the 2011 AsiaPacific Outgames. Nikita has also opened Jacqui Howards long running Industry night, performed the closing show at DIVA 2014, and shared the stage with Courtney Act herself.
Nikita won Rising Star at the 2014 DIVA awards and can currently be found performing regularly on the strip, and at multi-award winning variety nights Tranny Bingo, Maxi’s Meals on Heels, and of course now at Stonewall on Fridays!
Marie Claire or MC for short, stumbled out of cubicle three about 7 years ago only to disappear for almost as many. MC was your typical social queen, Dubbed the PARTY GIRL throughout her early years, so she took a hiatus until one day it was thrust upon her that she may actually have some talent. Back with a vengeance and Quicker than any other queen has ever risen Marie went from a fledgling to SUPER STAR in a matter of moments. Within 3 short years she has been in DIVA award winning shows and nominated for several DIVAS taking home DIVA Rising Star at the 2013 DIVA awards, as well as performing alongside Sydney’s ELITE at all the best venues and parties.
This year (2013) alone she has appeared in music videos, starred in “Carlotta’s” biopic, appeared in several forms of printed media all the while becoming a producer and choreographer with no signs of slowing down. With her past behind her she is now known as “THE FACE” and “BUM” of drag. Dishing up some of the most authentic new millenium drag sydney has seen since “THE QUEEN” Vanity Faire ruled the streets.
The Polly’s Follies Girls
The newest upcoming Drag Queens to enter Oxford St showcase their talents many of our Showgirls and Oxford St well known Drag Queens debuted at Polly’s Follies and are now professional Show Girls